United Kingdom to veto flights from six countries in Africa for new variant of Covid-19

On United Kingdom authorities reported that flights from six countries in Africa before the new Covid-19 variant which, scientists point out, is plus contagious and it has multiple mutations.

Some countries in the world face a fourth wave of Covid-19, that is why in the United Kingdom measures have been taken before the emergence of a new variant in order to avoid the increase of infections and the spread of the virus.

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So far no case has been detected in that country, however, the Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, reported that temporarily suspended flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

UK tIt will also add these countries to its red list of travel destinations, so that those people who have been to them in the last ten days could enter the territory only if they have the nationality British or residence, indicates the EFE agency.

New variant in South Africa

In South Africa scientists detected the variane B.1.1.529 with an “extremely high” number of mutations, something that has generated concern because it has “very high propagation potential “explained the virologist Tulio de Oliveira quoted by AFP.

Scientists have indicated that so far it is unknown whether existing vaccines are effective against the new variant of coronavirus.

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“What we are concerned is that this variant could not only have a capacity of major transmission, it might also be able to bypass parts of our immune system, “said researcher Richard Lessells.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported that so far there have been 22 chaos detected with the new variant of Covid-19, although some have also been registered in Botswana and in Hong Kong, this one by a person who entered from a trip to South Africa.


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